On Monday March 20 a delegation of Russian museum curators and university scientists visited the Royal Military Museum in view of a possible collaboration. The delegation was particularly interested in our Napoleonic, 19th century and First World War collections, as well as in the newly extended gallery containing the treasures of imperial Russia. 

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The permanent exhibition about the Second World War expands!

In view of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (2019-2020) the museum gives its permanent exhibition a new lease of life. The existing set-up will be thoroughly refurbished and a brand-new wing about the occupation of Belgium and the liberation of the European continent will be added.

 

In this framework the current infrastructure is being revised, which renders access to the exhibition about the Second World War impossible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.        

Unique objects belonging to the de Gerlache and Lecointe families in the Antarctica exhibition

The permanent exhibition about Antarctica opened its doors in March 2016. It  showcases the support Defense has always given to expeditions on the white continent. The first part of the exhibition tells the story of the Belgica expedition (1897-1899). This incredible adventure led by Adrien de Gerlache and his second in command Georges Lecointe not only was the first international scientific expedition, but also the first to hibernate on the Pole, caught in ice.

The second part illustrates the building and management of the King Baudouin Base. The Princess Elisabeth Station is the...

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The Russian Gallery is enhanced

On Monday February 13, 2017 the gallery containing the treasures of the Russian empire at the Royal Military Museum was considerably enhanced. Equestrian trophies or medals from two officers with the Atamanski regiment of the Cossacks of the imperial Guard were inserted, thus adding a hitherto unrepresented regiment to our collections.

The gallery was also equipped with flatscreens and new trilingual captions. Be sure to come and (re)discover these treasures at the Royal Military Museum. 

Madyol on display

An unprecedented retrospective set up by the Royal Military Museum at the Mémorial 1815

Since June 1815 the Waterloo battlefield has attracted countless artists. Farms, fields, hamlets and soldiers have been drawn and painted over and over again and have told the bloody story for the last two hundred years.

At the request of Count Cavens (who wished to maintain the 1815 battlefield in its original state) artist Jacques Madyol (1871-1950) realized a series of paintings illustrating the different venues and protagonists involved in the famous battle.

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Focus on 100 years of tanks

The tank is 100! The Royal Military Museum highlights this anniversary through several aspects. Discover three Great War tanks (the Mark IV, the FT 17 and the Whippet) and learn about the origins of tanks both in Belgium and abroad through testimonials, anecdotes, the uniform of a British tankist or antitank weapons.

The Diorama of the River Meuse is getting ready for the big show!

Precisely 80 years ago Alfred Bastien, author of the famous Panorama of the Yser Battle, started working on the Diorama of the Battles on the River Meuse in 1914. It is indeed in 1936 that Bastien began the 8.5 m high and 72 m long painting. It was revealed in May 1937, in a new building on the Namur citadel, but was only to remain accessible to the public for a very short period of time. At the outbreak of the Second World War the painting was taken down in order to safeguard it against possible vandalism by the enemy. It was never to be rehung! In 1952 the city of Namur...

Art from ’14-’18 in the limelight

In 2016, another commemorative year for the centenary of the Great War, some of our ’14-’18 collection pieces are presented in various temporary exhibitions.

In 2016 it is indeed exactly one hundred years ago that the Belgian field army artistic section was created. Between 1916 and 1918 this section grouped twenty-six artists whose duty it was to illustrate the war. Their work was not merely used as documentary material, but also served Belgian propaganda. It indeed showed the part played in the conflict by the Belgian army and was supposed to incite countries all...

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The arcades will only be open weather permitting. We thank you for your understanding !

2017-04-16

The Historic Platoon of Torpedo-launchers and Seamen is the living showcase of the non-profit organisation “The Friends of the Navy Section of the Royal Military Museum”. It commemorates the sacrifices brought by the seamen since 1914 and highlights the part played by the Belgian military navy in the liberation of our country. The platoon does PR work for the Navy and the Royal Military Museum and creates relationships with all associations connected to our naval past.

Its next training session will take place on Sunday 16/04/2017 from 2 till 4 p.m. in the Great Hall.  

 

2017-04-22 ... 2017-04-23

On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April Gunfire (Brasschaat) participates in the Flemish "Heritage Days". This year’s theme is medical care. Through a field hospital, military ambulances, pictures and documents the museum illustrates a century of military care. Re-enactment groups recreate a century of first aid and field kitchens will prepare soup as it was made during the Great War. 

Free access during these two days. Open from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

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